Senator the Hon. Paul Calvert

Paul Calvert

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Senator for Tasmania

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Liberal Party of Australia
Chamber
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Parliamentary service

  • Elected to the Senate for Tasmania 1987 (term deemed to have begun 1.7.1987), 1990, 1996 and 2001. Resigned 29.8.2007.

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Parliamentary positions

  • Temporary Chair of Committees from 14.6.89 to 4.3.97 and from 3.9.97 to 19.8.02.
  • President of the Senate from 19.8.02 to 14.8.07.

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Committee service

  • Senate Standing: Publications from 17.9.90 to 19.8.02; Selection of Bills from 10.5.95 to 19.8.02; House from 13.2.97 (Chair from 19.8.02) to 14.8.07; Appropriations and Staffing from 19.8.02 (Chair from 19.8.02) to 14.8.07; Library from 19.8.02 (Chair from 19.8.02) to 7.12.05; Procedure from 19.8.02 to 14.8.07.
  • Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Finance and Public Administration from 24.9.87 to 17.9.90; Employment, Education and Training from 14.2.91 to 18.5.93; Employment, Education and Training: References Committee from 10.10.94 to 30.11.94; Rural and Regional Affairs from 10.9.91 to 21.10.93 and from 7.12.93 to 10.10.94; Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport: Legislation Committee from 10.10.94 to 8.3.95 and from 30.5.95 to 9.8.99 and References Committee from 10.10.94 to 9.8.99; Environment, Recreation, Communications and the Arts: References Committee from 17.10.94 to 29.4.96; Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts: Legislation Committee from 5.4.00 to 1.7.02; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation Committee from 30.6.99 to 5.4.00 and from 10.11.00 to 15.12.00; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation Committee from 11.5.00 to 8.6.00.
  • Senate Select: Animal Welfare from 24.9.87 to 3.9.91; Public Interest Whistleblowing from 27.9.93 to 31.8.94; Information Technologies from 1.9.97 to 9.11.98 and from 31.3.99 to 7.12.00; A Certain Maritime Incident from 14.2.02 to 11.3.02.
  • Senate Estimates: E from 1.9.91 to 30.9.91 and from 5.3.92 to 6.5.93; F from 6.5.93 to 8.2.94.
  • Joint Statutory: Public Works from 24.8.90 to 19.8.02; Australian Security Intelligence Organization from 30.6.99 to 11.2.02; ASIO, ASIS and DSD from 14.2.02 to 19.8.02; Broadcasting of Parliamentary Proceedings from 19.8.02 to 14.8.07.
  • Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 30.6.99 to 19.8.02.
  • Joint Select: Intelligence Services from 28.6.01 to 27.8.01.

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Conferences, delegations and visits

  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to Singapore, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, July-August 1988.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to USSR, Mongolia and Japan, September-October 1990.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to the 91st IPU Conference, Paris, March 1994 and bilateral visit to Turkey, March-April 1994.
  • Deputy Leader, Official Delegation to 92nd IPU Conference, Denmark and bilateral visits to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, August-September 1994; 93rd IPU Conference, Madrid, and bilateral visits to Egypt and Israel, March-April 1995; 94th IPU Conference, Bucharest, and bilateral visit to Slovenia, October 1995.
  • Leader, Bilateral visit to Chile, August-September 1998.
  • Study tour, Slovenia, September 1999; Thailand and UK, September-October 2000.
  • Member, Parliamentary Delegation to UK, September-October 2000.
  • Member, Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs Legislation visit to New Zealand, May 2001.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Melbourne and Canberra, September 2001.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 48th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Namibia, September 2002.
  • Attended CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Malaysia, April 2003.
  • Official visit to UK and Ireland, April-May 2003.
  • Attended 34th Presiding Officers and Clerks Conference, Tonga, June-July 2003.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Japan and Republic of Korea, December 2003.
  • Attended CPA Mid-Year Executive Committee Meeting, Uganda, April 2004.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Belgium, the Netherlands and France, April-May 2004.
  • Official visit to China, June 2004.
  • Attended ANZAC Day Observance, London, April 2005.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to the Russian Federation and bilateral visit to Italy, April-May 2005.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to 51st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, Fiji Islands, September 2005.
  • Attended 18th Commonwealth Speakers' and Presiding Officers' Conference, Kenya, and official visit to the United Kingdom, January 2006.
  • Attended Mid-Year CPA Executive Committee Meeting, Isle of Man, April 2006.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Trinidad and Tobago and the USA, July 2006.
  • Official visit to Cambodia and Vietnam, March 2007.
  • Leader, Parliamentary Delegation to Malta and Spain, and official visit to Kuwait, April 2007.
  • Official visit to London and Belfast, July 2007.

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Parliamentary party positions

  • Deputy Opposition Whip in the Senate from 9.5.95 to 11.3.96.
  • Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 11.3.96 to 11.2.97.
  • Government Whip in the Senate from 11.2.97 to 19.8.02.

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Personal

  • Born 19.1.1940, Hobart, Tas.
  • Married.

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Qualifications and occupation before entering Federal Parliament

  • Certificate in Agriculture.
  • Orchardist; wool grower.
  • President, Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania 1987-90.

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Local government service

  • Councillor, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania 1976-88.
  • Warden, Municipality of Clarence, Tasmania 1983-87; Deputy Warden 1981-83.

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